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Local kid will compete on CBC's Canada’s Smartest Person Junior

Ashley Taylor of Guelph is 11 years old and wants to become an Air Cadet
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Eleven-year-old Ashley Taylor of Guelph will compete in the CBC show Canada's Smartest Person Junior. Photo submitted

An 11-year-old Guelph girl is among 12 contestants vying for the title of Canada’s Smartest Person Junior.

Ashley Taylor of Guelph will compete against 11 other children between the ages of 10 to 12 from across Canada for the first-ever version of the show for kids. The first episode will air on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. on CBC.

 In her bio on the web site for the CBC show, Ashley is listed as being a Navy League cadet, with plans to join the Air Cadets like her brother, father and grandfather before her.

“Ashley has an appreciation for and understanding of discipline that others her age may not, which she hopes will set her apart from the competition,” said the release.

Ashley is also a competitive cheerleader.

“Ashley hopes to bring her own unique spirit and best cheer to the Canada’s Smartest Person Junior’s stage,” said the release.

Over the course of six episodes, the 12 kids will face fun and innovative challenges across six categories: physical, musical, social, linguistic, logical and visual.

The same competitors will come back week after week, with the strongest competitors advancing to the next episode. The others will be up for elimination.

The sixth and final episode will feature the top six competitors going head-to-head one more time, until eventually the top two compete in an intelligence obstacle course called the Super Gauntlet.

The show will be hosted by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who plays Appa in the CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience.

The show will also be viewable on the CBC TV streaming app and online.